Tag: 2. Recognizing stress
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To avoid stress taking a toll on your health, it is important to recognize stress symptons, the earlier the better. The stress responses in your body give rise to specific reactions in your brain and body that you should be aware of.
Have you ever experienced not wanting to do anything when you are stressed, not even the things you normally love to do? Like spending time with friends or on hobbies? Such loss of pleasure, or anhedonia, is an important and serious symptom of too much stress and stress-induced depression.
One of the first things you'll notice when you suddenly get stressed is that your breathing frequency goes up, as a consequence of sympathetic nervous system activation. Breathing techniques, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, can help you to reduce this and to make you feel calm again.
I am sure you have noticed that your heart starts pounding when you are up for a job interview, or when watching an important game of your favorite sports team. This is a manifestation of stress caused by adrenaline that can help overcome stress but can cause problems in the long term.
Stress and anxiety share many symptoms, but are inherently different: stress is the response to a situation and anxiety is a reaction to that stress. Chronic, or permanent, stress can induce excessive worrying, fear, panic attacks, or other physical symptoms, which may thus be symptoms of stress.
A symptom of stress may be the craving for chocolate, a burger or other unhealthy, high-caloric foods to calm yourself down. While eating these foods can indeed help to reduce stress, you may become overweight and diabetic as a result. How can you break the loop between stress and overeating?